S. Korean Lim Eun-soo sets personal best in short program at junior figure worlds
SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean figure skater Lim Eun-soo established a new personal best to rank fourth in the short program at the junior world championships on Friday.
Lim, 14, scored 64.78 points on the first day of the ladies' competition at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei.
Lim's previous career high was 63.73 points, set last October at an ISU Junior Grand Prix stop in Dresden, Germany.
Alina Zagitova of Russia is the leader with 70.58 points, followed by defending champion Marin Honda of Japan at 68.35 points. Another Japanese, Kaori Sakamoto, is further back at 67.78 points.
The free skate is set for Saturday.
Lim began her short program, set to "Besame Mucho," with a clean triple lutz-triple toe loop combination. She nailed two more jumps in her program, a triple loop and a double axel, while also mixing in solid spins step sequences.
A second South Korean in the field, An So-hyun, ranked 17th with 49.75 points.
Former Olympic champion Kim Yu-na remains the only South Korean female skater to have won a medal at the junior worlds. Kim won silver in 2005 and then gold the following year.